John 15:15 Most Intimate Friend #229
I would think that most people who choose to celebrate Father’s day are celebrating the earthly father in their life, whether that be a biological dad or someone else that plays a father role. But yesterday? I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed with the love from my Heavenly Father. And I don’t know about you, but that is not just something that I just want to recognize once a year on Father’s day. I want to live every day of the year so intertwined to my Heavenly Father that people who know me, know his great love too.
John 15 is one of my favorite chapters of the Bible and it speaks of this good love. Verses 1-8 describe Jesus as the vine and believers as the branches. If you keep reading, verses 9-13 command believers to love one another. John 15:14-15, which I want to share today says, “You show that you are my intimate friends when you obey all that I command you. I have never called you ‘servants,’ because a master doesn’t confide in his servants, and servants don’t always understand what the master is doing. But I call you my most intimate friends, for I reveal to you everything that I’ve heard from my Father.”
Verse 15 is what completely leaves me undone in the best way possible. I am going to cut straight to the point. Jesus calls you his “most intimate friend.”
Most intimate friend.
Being that Jesus is your Lord, he should think of his children as servants. He should. But, he doesn’t. Instead, he chooses to call those who follow him, “most intimate friend.” Do you want to know what is amazing? Both the Greek and Aramaic word for “intimate friends” means to “care for from the womb.” From the moment you were knitted in your mother’s womb, you were cared for and considered a friend of Jesus.
The verse goes on to say that Jesus will reveal to you everything that he hears from his Father. Isn’t that what an intimate friend does? If you want to understand more of your Heavenly Father, you need to first go through Jesus.
Again, please remember, verse 15 follows the command to live in life-union with Christ and to love deeply, as Christ has loved you. For one to be an intimate friend of Christ, they must first walk in life-union with him. Just as you can’t be best friends with someone you do not know, you also can’t be an intimate friend with Jesus, without knowing him. So my question for you is, how do you see your Father? Do you see him as a master or do you see him as an intimate friend? What steps are you going to take to spend time with and get to know him? Friends, don’t miss out on the full privilege of living in life-union with him and calling him your most intimate friend!
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